It was the end of the season for literary prices in France yesterday, Tuesday November, 17th. The Prix Goncourt des Lycéens is organized by the Education Nationale and the famous bookshops brand, Fnac. It has just been delivered to Gaël Faye, for Petit Pays. This is not really a surprise, because the novel has encountered a real success since its publication.
Petit Pays is about childhood in Burundi and especially about civil war and genocides in the country. The author has been directly inspired by his own life. Indeed, Gaël Faye was born in Burundi from a French father and a mother raised in Rwanda. He lived there until he was thirteen years old.
The novel is not only a sad and realistic evidence of what is happening in Africa, it is also a joyful novel made of childhood dreams. The author stages five little friends playing and denying Burundi’s events.
Even if his book was on numerous lists of several prices such as Femina, Medicis or Renaudot, Gaël Faye declared yesterday that Prix Goncourt des Lycéens was the only one he was dreaming of because it was not a “political price”. Moreover, he declared feeling moved, favored and proud to have been chosen by teenagers, since he himself began to write at this time of his life.
Anne Lods, IEJ3E
Immigration was at the heart of the discussions yesterday in Malta. Two important topics were dealt with between the European Union and Africa, as well as EU and Turkey.
During two days, fifty African and European leaders came together to speak about the illegal immigration. 1.8 billion euros were offered in emergency by the European Union. The objective is to clarify legal human flow between Africa and Europe.
Two decisions were adopted:
– Doubling of benefits for African students and scientists.
– Collaboration between immigration African officer and Europe.
The European Union decided to offer 3.4 billion euros in Turkey for its help to slow down the flow of migrants to Europe. The situation is complicated for EU. Thousands of refugees want to enter while everyone cannot be accepted. The main idea is to keep the migrants in Turkey.
A summit is expected to be quickly organized between the European countries and Turkey.
Alexandre Le Berre, Groupe 3E2